Suicide by Former Arunachal Pradesh CM
Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday, less than a month after the Supreme Court unseated him and reinstated his rival Nabam Tuki.
Mr. Pul’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a bedroom of the Chief Minister’s official bungalow, which he had not vacated.
Protests by Supporters
As news of his death spread across Itanagar, hundreds of Mr. Pul’s supporters gathered outside his residence and staged a protest, blaming Congress legislators for their “betrayal” of the former chief minister.
While some demanded Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s resignation, others set fire to a coffin that was brought for Mr. Pul’s body, claiming it was “not worthy of a popular CM like Pul.”
Sequence of events
In 2015, Mr. Pul led a year-long rebellion against Mr. Tuki but his efforts came to naught as the Congress leadership refused to remove Mr. Tuki.
The political instability culminated in the imposition of President’s rule on January 26, 2016.
In February, Mr Pul and other Congress rebels formed the government with outside support from the BJP. But in a dramatic turn of events, the Supreme Court on July 13 restored Mr Tuki as the Chief Minister.
Days later, the Congress leadership, in a bid to assuage the party rebels, asked Mr. Tuki to step down, paving the way for Mr. Khandu to become the Chief Minister and the return of Mr Pul and his rebels to the party.